• Ringette is a fast paced, non-contact ice sport combining speed and strategy
  • It is played on a standard rink
  • Five skaters and one goaltender are allowed on the ice at one time
  • A free pass (similar to the start of a soccer game) is used to start play
  • Any stoppage in play results in a free pass to re-start the game, usually in the nearest free pass circle
  • The ring must be passed over each blue line to another player, which means all players are involved in the play
  • If the ring lands in or on the goal crease the only player who can touch it is the goalie
  • Neither team is allowed to enter the goal crease, not even by just their stick itself
  • Teams are allowed no more than 3 skaters inside the Free Play Line, so over-crowding is minimal


  • U10 years & under
  • U12 years & under
  • U14 years & under
  • U16 years & under
  • U18 years & over


  • CSA approved helmet with CSA approved facemask Type 5 or 6
  • BNQ neck protector
  • Elbow pads
  • Protective gloves
  • Hockey style skates
  • Shin guards
  • Girdle with hip/tailbone/genital protection
  • Goalies must also wear a chest protector and goal pads (trappers and blockers are optional)
  • Shoulder pads are optional (but strongly recommended) for all players.
  • Ringette Canada has compiled a list of compatible helmets and facemask combinations